Niall Kilroy has announced his retirement from the County game.
He certainly didn't let small stature or relatively limited ability get in his way as he ran and worked till exhausted time and time again.
He gave everything to the Ros jersey and may I wish him well for the future.
I presume he'll give Fuerty and Tremane a few more seasons?
Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1273 - 19/10/2023 19:43:36
Niall Kilroy has said goodbye to Inter county football. Made his debut in 2012 and played in his last game against Kildare in June. Himself and Niall Daly was the oldest players on this years panel both 32.
Kilroy while not the tallest he made up for in work rate and when given the sweeper role he played it superbly. Great servant I wish him the best of luck in his retirement.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 19/10/2023 22:03:58
Thanks. There is a first time for everything so as I am a Rossie. Interesting that you say two yellows were expected but previous poster said that red should not have been over turned & Eire Og men were expecting to be without him for the final.
Rassie15 (Roscommon) - Posts: 3 - 20/10/2023 10:33:50
Your claim that he got red carded for 2nd year in a row was false. Always handy to video a game even if it's not televised or streamed as I believe that game wasn't.
Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3305 - 20/10/2023 12:19:18
Video Evidence would have ensured that he would not have played the final. As a neutral i will be happy to see him play the final but if i was castlerea i would not be one bit please.
Tarismelting22 (Roscommon) - Posts: 759 - 20/10/2023 13:34:06
What are you on about, video evidence was used. Castlerea no doubt not pleased as obviously would have better chance of winning the final with him not playing.
Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3305 - 20/10/2023 15:52:57
Pretty much every game is recorded nowadays mostly for management to watch and mull over afterwards and very helpful for incidents such as this. Was talking to a member of the Eire Og management at underage match last weekend and he told me their video evidence would support their case to get the Cox red card downgraded to allow him play in the final.
The press release highlighted this also
"Éire Óg appealed the decision and used video evidence to support their case when the appeal was heard by the Roscommon Competitions Control Committee on Monday evening"
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 20/10/2023 16:03:50
Best of luck to Niall in the future. Was a real warrior for Roscommon over the years. Looked like a man with a few more years in him but probably the right time for him to go and spend more time with family and of course his clubs. I believe he's a decent hurler as well.
Rossieforever (Roscommon) - Posts: 77 - 20/10/2023 20:23:24
Roscommon likely will have to beat both Mayo and Galway in 2024 to win the Connacht title. Never the draw we want. Davy Burke is not a lucky General.
endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 2129 - 21/10/2023 16:22:57
He doesn't seem to have the best of luck with draws alright although for last years draws he wasn't appointed at the time the draw was made.
Almost the same draw this year, whereby we play Mayo in Connacht opener (they'll beat New York by as much as they like) the only difference is it's a Semi final instead of Quarter final tie. Galway will reach the final and it will be a home Connacht final for them also.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 21/10/2023 16:55:44
Congratulations to Brigids champions again after a three year wait.
As for Boyle more final heartbreak, real fine margin defeat I especially feel sorry for the Smiths who are losing in that manner a lot for club and county. What did those watching on the stream make of the penalty call for Boyle first half? Brigids heads around me were expecting a penalty and was relief among them when a free in was given.
Last year Boyle needed a penalty to edge Brigids by a few scores. Today as last year they held a free scoring Brigids to 12 points.
Best on show IMO was Paul McGrath, Shane Cunnane, Conor Hand, Niall O'Donnell, Tadgh McKenna. Apart from moments from Donie Smith our County forwards were well marked by two well organised defences.
All the best to Brigids in the Connacht championship.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 22/10/2023 17:49:27
Hard to say if ithis draw is a blessing or a curse. On the one hand we have to beat Mayo and Galway to win Connacht but on the other it gives us a break between league and championship. Last year that turned out to be a help as they could concentrate on Mayo for a few weeks. Anyway with the new format it's probably better to finish as best we can in the league and hope for a good draw in the group stage of the championship. Although a Connacht win would be welcomed.
Rossieforever (Roscommon) - Posts: 77 - 22/10/2023 22:07:57
Caught only the 2nd half of the Div 1 minor final it was 0-5 each same scoreline as half time in the senior final. Eire OG/Glaveys went on for a deserved win 2-7 to 0-7 with the 2nd goal arriving in added time. Joint Captains Rob Heneghan and Brian Greene led from the front scoring the goals for their team. Same group also won last years U17 title and this years league title so have winning habit. Young Greene will be looking to keep that run going in the intermediate final next weekend. I hope for next year the county board schedule this minor final better, before not after the senior final.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 22/10/2023 22:10:08
Eire Og must be hot favourites for the Intermediate Final after Cox's red card being rescinded. Eire Og looks like a far better attacking team, Castlerea are too predictable and have little pace in attack, they rely far too much on Adam Mcdermot to get their scores. St Kevin's have got out of jail the last 2 games, unlikely to this time unless they improve sufficiently.
Prediction Eire Og 13pts v St Kevin's 9pts
imformed (Roscommon) - Posts: 161 - 23/10/2023 07:40:00
For all the football Brigids played, Boyle could have rescued a draw, have to feel for Mc Keon. Boyle main men didn't do enough to influence game. Very strange tactic of having donie smith roaming around the 45. Very impressed with Paul mc Garth a tidy footballer who got two impressive scores. I would presume he will be called up for trails with county. Best of luck to Brigids in Connacht campaign.
hontherossie (Roscommon) - Posts: 84 - 23/10/2023 12:57:40
Agree with that. Brigid's were marginally the better team throughout. Boyle's County players were not prominent enough. I was very impressed with Paul McGrath. I also thought Shane Cunnane played well at midfield for Brigids. I wonder is he on the radar of Davy Burke. Tough on Boyle to lose successive county finals by a point. It may get tougher though because this is a young Brigids team who will only get better.
endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 2129 - 23/10/2023 13:32:36
My senior club team of the year.
Cormac Sheehy (Brigids) former outfield player 38 years young asked to fill in and didn't let his side down, no goal conceded and good with his kick outs.
Luke Glennon (Boyle) another solid club championship by the 21 year old I'd expect Davy Burke and co would be impressed by what they saw
Brian Stack (Brigids) Mr Consistency and the main leader in what was a very strong Brigids defence that conceded 0-49 in 6 games.
Pearse Frost (Brigids) back from injury and back to form. Was one of Roscommon's best defenders on the U17 team that reached the AI final 6 years ago and IMO has to be considered for the senior county panel
Declan Kenny (Pearses) impressive club campaign for him, Not the tallest but among the best fielders of the ball in the county. He's now overage for U20 county level and only natural he gets promoted up to the senior county ranks.
Tadgh McKenna (Boyle) After that odd round 1 match he moved back to his natural position at number 6 and he played a big part in making Boyle harder to beat and score against
Rory Fallon (Brigids) one of Brigids most impressive performers, wing back role really suits his style of play and will be interesting to see will he get more game time with the county seniors in that position in next year.
Eddie Nolan (Brigids) Steady Eddie can see why he became first choice for Davy Burke once he returned from injury, chipped in with 2-2.
Cathal Feeley (Boyle) very consistent club championship for him and scored 6 points all of them fine long range efforts.
Ciaran Lawless (Oran) One of the stand out half forwards in the club championship, Oran's top scorer with impressive 0-17.
Eoin Colleran (Pearses) Another semi final exit for Pearses but this was a break through senior club campaign for Eoin. Pearses top scorer with 1-21 in 5 games.
Donie Smith (Boyle) Leader and true team player as seen with his defensive work yesterday 0-22 he scored.
Ben O'Carroll (Brigids) Well marshalled in the final but a very good club championship for him, top scorer with 6-16 and he was also the top scoring forward from play.
Cian McKeon (Boyle) 1-22 scored of which 1-13 was scored from play, he's so much more than what he scores a real handful for any team. I believe he's taking extended break away now and has plans to be back towards the end of the NFL for Roscommon.
Fearghus Lennon (Clann) When Clann was scoring for fun in the group stages Fearghus was among the stand out for forwards in the club championship. 2-12 to his name and all bar one point came from play.
Others I considered James Fetherstone,Mark Purcell,Senan Lambe (Ros Gaels) Evan Flynn (Tulsk) Shane Cunnane,Conor Hand,Ronan Stack (Brigids) Daniel Casey,Enda Smith,Oisin Cregg (Boyle) james Fitzpartick (Oran) Cian Glennon (Faithleachs) to name but a few,
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 23/10/2023 16:34:37
Was down in the homeland at weekend and took in the county final before heading back. 20 euro into it was very steep for one match. The programme was full value for money.
Poor final with only one team trying to play football. Result was never in doubt even though Boyle could have stolen a draw at end which they didn't deserve truth be told. Boyle had no belief in themselves and never put any doubts in Brids minds given they are such a young side it could have been a repeat of last year. The odd time Boyle put in a high ball in on top of the Brids full back line they got some joy from it.
Boyle had the 3 half goal chances in the game. In first half the ball across to Niall O Donnell was just a bit high and he had to wait for it or he would have had a tap in. Ronan Stack did very well to intercept it but unlucky to land the way he did. It could be argued the Boyle player was in square before ball was played. It appeared to be a good call from ref that Stack was outside square when touching it on ground. To be fair to the ref he let the game flow as best he could not giving a free for the first 8 minutes of the match but the aimless sideways passing was puke. Boyle had a big chance at start of 2nd half when Donie got inside and had Niall O Donnell again with an open goal if ball came but he went for a pass to Enda who was marked and ball was cleared.
Final goal chance came to Cian McKeon in injury time when a high ball broke to him on his left and he blazed over bar. I actually fancied him to bury it. His last free was a tough kick as breeze was swirling amd he didn't appear to catch it properly.
Boyle played the same way all match until injury time throwing caution to wind. Even when 4pts down they persisted with 14 men behind the ball. It reminded me of how Roacommon play with forwards back amd it is ironic that Gerry McGowan a coach with Ross this year was also involved with Boyle.. insaw Davy Burke with his new selector in attendance yesterday. Hopefully they'll see that the aimless sideway passing will only gwt you so far as we found out to our cost v Galway, Kildare and Cork when chops were down this year.
For Brids I thought Pearse Frost, Brian Stack, Ronan Stack, Ruairi Fallon, Shane Cunnane, Paul McGrath all came to the fore. For Boyle David Flannagan and Niall O Donnell was consistent but they had no stand out performer which said it all. It was interesting to see only 5 subs used in total by both teams so options may not be that plentiful in both camps. I know Evan McGrath got injured in the build up to final.
For county selection surely Paul McGrath has to be on panel at least. He was on it two years ago but was dropped from.it which was very strange given some of the lads that were retained. He oucked up a knee injury aftwr that.. Shane Cunnane was on panel last year but didn't feature much. He was good from open play yesterday but doesn't seem to be able to win his own ball. He is still very young of course. I would like tonsee Pearse Frost given a run out in FBD as he looks a very tidy corner back and actually marks unlike a lot of backs in the modern game. Cathal Feely from Boyle has had two very good seasons for club so another young lad that would be worth a look..
Boyle were lucky to get to get out of group this year and survived a semi final playing their negative football. The loss of their goalkeeper Kearney and McKeon will be irreplaceable so will struggle next year to get back to a final. Brids are on easier side of draw meeting Sligo and Leitrim to make a connacht final. That won't be as simple as people think as this Brids team are no world beaters.
It was good to see the development work in Hyde progressing. Any timeline for same, will it be ready for for 2nd league match v Galway. Any news of the county panel with departures or new arrivals. Best of luck to Niall Kilroy with his retirement amd he owes Roscommon nothing and was a great servant at numerous age grades and both senior teams. With McKeon going travelling also it opens up the door for new players. Is Ultan Harmey or Ronan Daly coming back. Any news on Ciaran Murtagh is he going to be around next year also..
SmokieRoss (Roscommon) - Posts: 271 - 23/10/2023 19:35:51
Great report smokie.
Great to see so many young lads doing well.
Young Glennon from Boyle seems to have appeared from nowhere?
Agree with you that Ros will need to bring a more attack minded approach next season if we're to develop beyond a last 12 nearly team.
Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1273 - 24/10/2023 10:43:23
That is the biggest load of nonsense I have read.
And so many untrue facts.
Boyle weren't lucky to get out of their group, They won 2 out of 3 games. Evan McGrath didn't get injured in the build up to the final, hes been injured since April and tried to make a come back, came on against St Faithleachs and went under the knife 3 weeks ago. Boyle have played the same way for the last 2 years. They play with one forward up, the same as Bridgids, Padraig Pearses, Moycullen, Kilmacud Crokes, Roscommon, Derry, Galway, Dublin, Monaghan et al. Its the way modern football is. 'Aimless sideways passing' is the usual phrase from someone who doesn't understand football. Do you expect teams to just kick it into a crowd of players? Roscommon play Mayo in the league and we have Conor Cox & Ben O Carroll surrounded by 5 Mayo players, should we kick it into them? or should we hold possession and try to draw the opposition out? Do you know that the players you mentioned above are actually 100% going away?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but please be a little informed before making sweeping statements
Bruno33 (Roscommon) - Posts: 3 - 24/10/2023 10:45:21